French: Pic fauve German: Celebesspecht Spanish: Picatroncos de Célebes
Quoy and Gaimard
Subspecies and Distribution
M. f. fulvus
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) – N Sulawesi, including islands of Manterawu and Lembeh, and archipelagos of Togian and Banggai.
M. f. wallacei
Tweeddale, 1877 – S Sulawesi, including Muna I and Butung I, and probably Togian Is.
c. 40 cm. Large, long-tailed woodpecker. Male has dark red on forehead, lores, cheeks and malar area, red usually to central crown and front of ear-coverts, but often more... read more
Laughing rapid “hew-hew-hew-hew-hew-hew” or “tuk tuk tuk”, muffled, not loud. Drums in breeding... read more
Inhabits primary and secondary forest; prefers closed forest, but seen regularly in forest patches... read more
Food and feeding
Termites (Isoptera), caterpillars; presumably also other arthropods. In pairs, or family groups of up to 5 birds. Most commonly seen... read more
A few observations and evidence from specimens indicate nesting in Mar–Aug. Nest-hole excavated in dead tree or in dead part of live... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Not uncommon. Occurs in Manembonembo, Gunung Ambang and Tangkoko Nature Reserves, Dumoga-Bone, Lore Lindu and Rawa Aopa National Parks. In... read more
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